14 days in California Itinerary

14 days in California Itinerary

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14 days in California Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Sonoma
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Carmel
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
San Simeon
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Santa Monica
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Los Angeles
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Gate Bridge and Grace Cathedral. Step off the beaten path and head to Walt Disney Family Museum and Bolinas Beach. Take a break from San Francisco with a short trip to Stinson Beach in Stinson Beach, about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get curious at Exploratorium, take a stroll through Fisherman's Wharf, see the interesting displays at Cable Car Museum, and shop like a local with Union Square.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Francisco tour website .

Toronto, Canada to San Francisco is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, car, and flight; or drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Toronto to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in San Francisco are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sonoma.

Things to do in San Francisco

Museums Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Stinson Beach, Bolinas Beach
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Walt Disney Family Museum ©
Walt Disney Family Museum

2
nights
Sonoma

Sonoma ©
Set in the heart of one of the United States' most esteemed wine-producing regions, just 45 minutes from San Francisco, Sonoma boasts colonial Mexican architecture, including a mission.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): contemplate the long history of General M.G. Vallejo Home, learn about winemaking at WALT Wines, then do a tasting at Corner 103, and finally learn about winemaking at Pangloss Cellars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Ravenswood Winery, do a tasting at Pine Ridge Vineyards, then do a tasting at Silverado Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at St Clair Brown Winery & Brewery.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sonoma day trip planning app .

Drive from San Francisco to Sonoma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of subway and bus. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Sonoma, with highs around 30°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.

Things to do in Sonoma

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Napa
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WALT Wines ©
WALT Wines
General M.G. Vallejo Home ©
General M.G. Vallejo Home
Pangloss Cellars ©
Pangloss Cellars

1
night
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Asilomar State Beach, then don't miss a visit to Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lovers Point.

Start your trip to Carmel by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Sonoma to Carmel by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Sonoma in June, you will find days in Carmel are slightly colder (23°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to San Simeon.

Things to do in Carmel

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
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Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard

2
nights
San Simeon

San Simeon ©
When you arrive in tiny San Simeon, which lies halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can see why William Randolph Hearst chose this coastal locale for his famous hilltop castle.
On the 29th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Piedras Blancas, then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Seal Rookery, then stop by Sebastian General Store, and finally learn about winemaking at Hearst Ranch Winery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Moonstone Beach, then see the interesting displays at Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay (Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary), and then immerse yourself in nature at San Simeon State Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the San Simeon holiday app .

Traveling by car from Carmel to San Simeon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Carmel, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in San Simeon, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Monica.

Things to do in San Simeon

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Moonstone Beach
Highlights from your plan
Piedras Blancas ©
Piedras Blancas
Moonstone Beach ©
Moonstone Beach
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal

1
night
Santa Monica

Santa Monica ©
A famed resort town since the early 20th century, Santa Monica sits on the picturesque Santa Monica Bay, bordered on three sides by the city of Los Angeles.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): immerse yourself in nature at Santa Monica State Beach, take a leisurely stroll along Santa Monica Pier, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Santa Monica Farmers Market, and finally make a trip to Montana Avenue. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Bergamot Station, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zuma Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at El Matador State Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Santa Monica trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from San Simeon to Santa Monica takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. When traveling from San Simeon in July, plan for little chillier days in Santa Monica, with highs around 28°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Santa Monica

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Malibu
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach
Santa Monica Pier ©
Santa Monica Pier
El Matador State Beach ©
El Matador State Beach

2
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
On the 3rd (Wed), get your bearings at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Pasadena, and then browse the different shops at The Americana at Brand. Keep things going the next day: stop by The Last Bookstore, admire the masterpieces at The Broad, then examine the collection at Petersen Automotive Museum, then explore the world behind art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and finally make a trip to Hollywood Walk of Fame.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Los Angeles itinerary planning site .

Los Angeles is just a stone's throw from Santa Monica. Traveling from Santa Monica in July, you will find days in Los Angeles are somewhat warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). On the 5th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Old Pasadena, The Americana at Brand, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
The Broad ©
The Broad
Petersen Automotive Museum ©
Petersen Automotive Museum

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